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October 29, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple's head of mobile software, Scott Forstall, is leaving the company following the release of Apple Maps and Siri, two major projects that were considered flops for the technology giant. Forstall will serve as an advisor to Chief Executive Tim Cook before leaving the company next year, Apple said in a press release Monday afternoon. Besides Apple Maps and Siri, Forstall is credited with leading several releases of Apple's desktop operating system Mac OS X. He originally came to the company after working for NeXT, the start-up Steve Jobs created and sold to Apple on his return to the company.
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September 18, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
SAN FRANCISCO - While Apple's new iPhones have hogged the spotlight in recent days, a seemingly more mundane software update may be far more crucial to the tech giant. On Wednesday, Apple will make available for free a radically redesigned iOS 7 mobile operating system that Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook described as the biggest change to the iPhone since the device's introduction in 2007. Indeed, some analysts say the iOS 7 represents a bigger departure for users and developers in terms of the experience than the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c that go on sale Friday.
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October 30, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - In the biggest management shake-up since Tim Cook took the helm, Apple has ousted two top executives blamed for a pair of embarrassing missteps. Apple Inc. said Scott Forstall, its longtime executive and a protege of co-founder Steve Jobs, was leaving the company. As head of the mobile software division, Forstall oversaw the iOS operating system that runs the best-selling iPhone and iPad that together account for the bulk of Apple's sales. But the 15-year Apple veteran also was responsible for one of the company's highest-profile gaffes: replacing Google Inc.'s maps with Apple's own faulty mapping software.
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March 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The next version of Apple's mobile operating system may feature a simpler user interface now that Jony Ive, the company's hardware design guru, is leading the team that is designing the way the software should look. Although the changes to the look of iOS 7 are expected to be "pretty conservative," the Apple operating system may start moving toward a more "flat design" that the Wall Street Journal reports would be "starker and simpler. " The Journal cites unnamed third-party developers who say they have spoken to Apple employees.
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October 7, 2011 | By Scott Wilson, Los Angeles Times
Timothy D. Cook Title: Chief executive Age: 50 Education: Bachelor's in industrial engineering, Auburn; MBA, Duke Career: Joined Apple in 1998 and became chief operating officer in 2005. Cook acted as interim CEO during Steve Jobs' leaves in 2004, 2009 and 2011. Scott Forstall Title: Senior vice president of iPhone software Age: 42 Education: Bachelor's in symbolic systems, Stanford; master's in computer science, Stanford Career: Joined Apple in 1997.
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May 2, 2012 | By David Sarno
Scott Forstall, Apple Inc.'s head of mobile software -- in other words, one of the guys behind the iPad and the iPhone -- just cashed in on the success of his products, to the tune of $38.7 million.  Moreover, he sold 95% of his stock holdings, leaving his very lucrative cupboard bare -- for the time being. Apple stock's meteoric rise has hit some bumpy air lately, with shares down 5.4% over the last month.  The stock hit a bigger skid starting in mid-April, dropping 13% before it rebounded after Apple's huge earnings release last week.  Forstall may have had his eye on the recent volatility, and decided to cash in before any more dips came.  Since he sold last Friday, the stock is down about 3%. The big insider sale does not necessarily presage a run on Apple's banks.  Forstall cashed out heavily, yes, but the sum was a pittance compared to what he stands to make on yet-unvested RSUs -- or restricted stock units.  Forstall stands to gain 250,000 more shares of Apple stock -- some that will vest next year, and more that he could get if he stays until 2014.
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May 3, 2012 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
Scott Forstall, one of the Apple Inc. executives behind the company's blockbuster iPad and iPhone, cashed in his products' successes last week to the tune of $38.7 million. The sale represented 95% of his Apple stock holdings, leaving his very lucrative cupboard bare — for the time being. Apple stock's meteoric rise has hit some bumps lately, with shares down 5.4% over the last month. The stock hit a bigger skid starting in mid-April, dropping 13% before it rebounded after Apple's huge earnings release last week.
BUSINESS
November 27, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
Apple has fired the manager in charge of its homegrown Maps app two months after the software debuted to harsh criticism. Richard Williamson was let go by Senior Vice President Eddy Cue, according to Bloomberg , which cited unnamed sources familiar with the situation. Cue is reportedly seeking advice from outside mapping experts and working with digital map company TomTom to fix navigation information and other data it provides to  Apple. Apple has been quick to own up to the app's problems, which include poor directions, mislabeled landmarks, lack of information on public transportation and wildly inaccurate images ( melting Las Vegas strip , anyone?
BUSINESS
March 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The next version of Apple's mobile operating system may feature a simpler user interface now that Jony Ive, the company's hardware design guru, is leading the team that is designing the way the software should look. Although the changes to the look of iOS 7 are expected to be "pretty conservative," the Apple operating system may start moving toward a more "flat design" that the Wall Street Journal reports would be "starker and simpler. " The Journal cites unnamed third-party developers who say they have spoken to Apple employees.
NEWS
August 25, 2011 | By Dawn Chmielewski, P.J. Huffstutter and David Sarno, Los Angeles Times, Tribune staff reporter
For years, Apple Inc.'s Steve Jobs has groomed a senior management team to take the reins of the world's most powerful technology company when his fading health would no longer allow him to continue as chief executive. Tim Cook, who assumed that mantle Wednesday when Jobs resigned the post, inherits a firm that has achieved record sales and profits and a string of blockbuster consumer products. Apple is the globe's second-largest company in terms of market value and has amassed a war chest of $76 billion in cash.
BUSINESS
November 27, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
Apple has fired the manager in charge of its homegrown Maps app two months after the software debuted to harsh criticism. Richard Williamson was let go by Senior Vice President Eddy Cue, according to Bloomberg , which cited unnamed sources familiar with the situation. Cue is reportedly seeking advice from outside mapping experts and working with digital map company TomTom to fix navigation information and other data it provides to  Apple. Apple has been quick to own up to the app's problems, which include poor directions, mislabeled landmarks, lack of information on public transportation and wildly inaccurate images ( melting Las Vegas strip , anyone?
BUSINESS
October 30, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - In the biggest management shake-up since Tim Cook took the helm, Apple has ousted two top executives blamed for a pair of embarrassing missteps. Apple Inc. said Scott Forstall, its longtime executive and a protege of co-founder Steve Jobs, was leaving the company. As head of the mobile software division, Forstall oversaw the iOS operating system that runs the best-selling iPhone and iPad that together account for the bulk of Apple's sales. But the 15-year Apple veteran also was responsible for one of the company's highest-profile gaffes: replacing Google Inc.'s maps with Apple's own faulty mapping software.
BUSINESS
October 29, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple's head of mobile software, Scott Forstall, is leaving the company following the release of Apple Maps and Siri, two major projects that were considered flops for the technology giant. Forstall will serve as an advisor to Chief Executive Tim Cook before leaving the company next year, Apple said in a press release Monday afternoon. Besides Apple Maps and Siri, Forstall is credited with leading several releases of Apple's desktop operating system Mac OS X. He originally came to the company after working for NeXT, the start-up Steve Jobs created and sold to Apple on his return to the company.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2012 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
Scott Forstall, one of the Apple Inc. executives behind the company's blockbuster iPad and iPhone, cashed in his products' successes last week to the tune of $38.7 million. The sale represented 95% of his Apple stock holdings, leaving his very lucrative cupboard bare — for the time being. Apple stock's meteoric rise has hit some bumps lately, with shares down 5.4% over the last month. The stock hit a bigger skid starting in mid-April, dropping 13% before it rebounded after Apple's huge earnings release last week.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2012 | By David Sarno
Scott Forstall, Apple Inc.'s head of mobile software -- in other words, one of the guys behind the iPad and the iPhone -- just cashed in on the success of his products, to the tune of $38.7 million.  Moreover, he sold 95% of his stock holdings, leaving his very lucrative cupboard bare -- for the time being. Apple stock's meteoric rise has hit some bumpy air lately, with shares down 5.4% over the last month.  The stock hit a bigger skid starting in mid-April, dropping 13% before it rebounded after Apple's huge earnings release last week.  Forstall may have had his eye on the recent volatility, and decided to cash in before any more dips came.  Since he sold last Friday, the stock is down about 3%. The big insider sale does not necessarily presage a run on Apple's banks.  Forstall cashed out heavily, yes, but the sum was a pittance compared to what he stands to make on yet-unvested RSUs -- or restricted stock units.  Forstall stands to gain 250,000 more shares of Apple stock -- some that will vest next year, and more that he could get if he stays until 2014.
BUSINESS
October 7, 2011 | By Scott Wilson, Los Angeles Times
Timothy D. Cook Title: Chief executive Age: 50 Education: Bachelor's in industrial engineering, Auburn; MBA, Duke Career: Joined Apple in 1998 and became chief operating officer in 2005. Cook acted as interim CEO during Steve Jobs' leaves in 2004, 2009 and 2011. Scott Forstall Title: Senior vice president of iPhone software Age: 42 Education: Bachelor's in symbolic systems, Stanford; master's in computer science, Stanford Career: Joined Apple in 1997.
BUSINESS
September 18, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
SAN FRANCISCO - While Apple's new iPhones have hogged the spotlight in recent days, a seemingly more mundane software update may be far more crucial to the tech giant. On Wednesday, Apple will make available for free a radically redesigned iOS 7 mobile operating system that Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook described as the biggest change to the iPhone since the device's introduction in 2007. Indeed, some analysts say the iOS 7 represents a bigger departure for users and developers in terms of the experience than the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c that go on sale Friday.
NEWS
August 25, 2011 | By Dawn Chmielewski, P.J. Huffstutter and David Sarno, Los Angeles Times, Tribune staff reporter
For years, Apple Inc.'s Steve Jobs has groomed a senior management team to take the reins of the world's most powerful technology company when his fading health would no longer allow him to continue as chief executive. Tim Cook, who assumed that mantle Wednesday when Jobs resigned the post, inherits a firm that has achieved record sales and profits and a string of blockbuster consumer products. Apple is the globe's second-largest company in terms of market value and has amassed a war chest of $76 billion in cash.
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